A Ohio woman accused of killing her newborn daughter and burying her in the backyard of her family’s home was found not guilty of murder.
20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson was acquitted Thursday of aggravated murder and involuntary manslaughter for the May 2017 death of her baby girl.
She was, however, found guilty of abuse of a corpse and sentenced three years probation. After probation, she could become eligible to remove the charges from her criminal record.
The defense team argued during the trial that Richardson, who was a high school cheerleader at the time, was scared because the baby, which she named Annabelle, was stillborn.
But prosecutors alleged Richardson killed her baby and then buried the body in the backyard of her family’s home in Carlisle, a village about 40 miles north of Cincinnati, days after her high school prom because she did not want to “ruin her perfect life”.
Assistant prosecutor Steven Knippen said in court that days after the baby’s death Richardson sent two text messages bragging about her appearance.
“Shortly, after murdering her daughter and placing her daughter in the dirt, and not even having the decency to cover it with a blanket, she sent two elated text messages: My belly is back, my belly is back.”
The baby’s remains weren’t found until two months after the birth.
The prosecution following the verdict said at a news conference that it remained unclear still, how the baby was killed because of decomposition.
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